Sailing yachts

Danish Gaff Ketch Charter Vessel

(REF: 20644)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Nipper Shipyard, Denmark
  • Year: 1943
  • Location: Grenada
  • Length on deck: 56'
  • Beam: 15'
  • Draft: 8'6"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Danish Gaff Ketch Charter Vessel

Built by Nipper Shipyard, Skagen, Denmark and launched in 1943 as a fishing vessel.  She worked as a North Sea trawler until the 1970’s when she was decommissioned and converted into a yacht by a famous Danish composer.  She later worked as a youth rehabilitation vessel under Danish flag which is when she sailed to the Caribbean.

Bought by the current owners while laid up in Carriacou, she then underwent a major refit which included major repairs to the hull, a new deck, overhaul of the rig and a new engine and systems.  Since completion of this refit in 2018 she has been working as a charter boat around various Caribbean islands.

A fine looking vessel with the ability to carry on as a charter yacht or go into private ownership.  The wheelhouse provides a large sheltered space making long passages more comfortable and safer.  After much rebuilding work she is largely in sound condition, however a recent survey has revealed a number of issues.

Under Grenadian flag and with a current commercial licence for charter work between Trinidad and St Vincent including the Grenadines.

Length on Deck                 56′

Length Overall                   70′

Beam                                    15′

Draft                                      8’6″




Planked in 2″ oak and pitch pine on heavy sawn oak frames in the traditional manner.

Original fastenings of galvanised boat nails.  New planking fastened with stainless steel coach screws.

Grown oak floors across the centreline.

Internal ballast of iron and concrete.

Solid straight laid teak deck over oak deck beams.  Caulked and payed.

High bulwark all round on oak stanchions mounted through the cover board.

Substantial wheelhouse made of teak, painted for ease of maintenace.

Extensive refit in 2017/2018 including 300′ of planking, 11 frames, new top section of stem and knightheads, new deck, several new stanchions and complete re-caulk of the hull.  New frames in teak and new planking in a resinous pine.




Gaff ketch rig on solid varnished wooden masts.

Main mast, mizzen gaff, mizzen boom and bowsprit all new.

Stainless steel standing rigging with galvanised rigging screws to external stainless chain plates.

Running rigging all new in 2018.

Running backstays on tackles

Total sail area of 220sqm.  Full set of sails include 2 x jibs, staysail, mainsail, mizzen and main topsail.




Cummins 6CT 230hp 6 cylinder marine diesel.

This is a 2005 engine, supplied by Lancing Marine and fitted into the ship in 2018.

ZF gearbox to a fixed 2 blade bronze propeller.  Gives a cruising speed of 6 knots at 7.5 litres/hour.  8 knots max speed.

2 x stainless steel tanks with a total capacity of 1140 litres

24 volt and 240 volt systems.  5 x batteries for domestics and engine starting.  Shore power system with a Victron 50 amp charger.

4 electric bilge pumps




11 berths including 2 doubles and 7 singles.

Nicely appointed accommodation with ample light and ventilation, currently fitted out to provide guest cabins for charter.

Large wheelhouse with a heads.  Access below decks from within the wheelhouse.

Galley with a Force 10 gas stove and stainless sink.  Hot and cold pressurised water.  Full size stainless 24 volt fridge.  Fully equipped with all galley equipment necessary for a full charter boat.

Captains cabin aft with double berth.  Main guest cabin with a double and a single to port.  Single guest cabin to starboard.  Forward cabin with 3 single berths and 2 singles in the saloon.

Cabins all have UK style 3 pin 240 sockets and USB chargers, plus reading lights for each berth.

Heads in the bows with an electric sea toilet.  Black waste tank connected.  Hot water shower on deck.

Plenty of deck space with seating for 15 people under the midships sun awning.  Varnished table on the aft deck with seating for 8-10 people



Full specification and details available upon request





These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.